Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Indian mince on chappati

After a long day at work the last thing I want to do is slave over a hot stove, when all I want to do is relax and enjoy the remanding hours of my evening. I've mentioned on my blog and Facebook page that I am particularly fond of oven baked, one pan dishes - I mean whats not to love about one pan dishes, little preparation and the oven does the hard work? But, every dish I eat mid-week is not an oven cooked dish as sometimes I fancy a hearty curry or pasta dish and these types of dishes are much more convenient if cooked on the stove. This, stove cooked dish is courtesy of one of my favourite quick and easy recipe books, BBC Good Food 30 Minute Suppers. Indian mince, and I do not know how authentic this dish is or whether it is eaten throughout India, is seasoned with Indian spices and served on top of a naan or chappati (whichever you fancy) and dolloped with raita (or in my case sour cream and chive) is a quick, spicy and easy meal to rustle up. The flavours, mildly spiced, curry powder, turmeric, onions  sweating, garlic infused. This dish also uses lentils with the mince, which I was initially hesitant to use as I have never cooked with lentils before, but t added further depth and much needed carbohydrates to the dish.  I had this dish on the table within 30 minutes and was eaten in a rapidly. One frying pan, quickly heated chappati's and a dollop of sour cream and chive (one of my favourite dips)  is the perfect quick Indian meal. I  liked this dish as it is, hot, spicy, quick and easy.
Here is how my Indian mince on chappati turned out:
Indian mince and lentils on chappati.

Indian mince on lentils on chappati.

Recipe for Indian mince taken from BBC 30 Minute Suppers
1 red onion, sliced
300g beef mince
2tbsp medium or mild curry powder
100g dried lentils
700ml hot beef stock
handful corainder leaves
 chappati or mini naans.


Method
In a non-stick frying pan, dry-fry onion and mince over a high heat for 2 mins, breaking up the mince as you go. Stir in the curry powder and lentils, pour in stock, then fiercely simmer for 10 minutes.
While the mince is cooking, put the naans briefly in a toaster to warm through, then pop one on each plate. Spoon a quarter of the mince over each naan, then top with a spoonful of raita or sour cream and chive sauce.

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Quick steak grill.

I really like a steak dish, it's quite a luxurious treatey meat and I order it a lot when I am eating out. This dish titled "quick steak grill" is a quick meal than can be rustled under 30 minutes. It's also a relatively healthy  dish containing 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fats. Another thing that I like about this dish is I never knew that you could grill potatoes (once brushed with oil) and that it would taste so delicious. I think the quick steak grill makes a lovely weekend meal and should be tried by anyone who loves steak.
Here is how my quick grill turned out:

The recipe for the quick steak grill can be found here.

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Monday, 3 June 2013

Maple syrup hot dogs and Cajun turkey wraps.

I'm all for quick and easy evening meals and that's where some of the BBC Good Food books come in handy.  One of my favourite books from the series which I have resurrected is BBC Good Food 30 Minute Suppers, available from Amazon and some Asda stores. I picked this cook book up for £3 and this  contains 100 recipes. This cook book is divided into 6 chapters:
*Quicker than a takeaway
*Keep the kids happy
* Superhealthy but super-quick
*Meat-free favourites
* Easy Entertaining
* Something Sweet

Both of my two recent creations from this book is under the chapter "keep the kids happy" which shows how much I am a young kid at heart. The Maple syrup hot dogs were super easy, I used good quality pork sausages, drizzled with maple syrup and baked these in the oven for around 40 minutes, turning over half way through the cooking. The reason why this took longer than the 30 minutes, is I do not have the best cooker, but with most good cookers the sausages could cook in 30 minutes. I then placed the sausages in baguettes and served with a side salad, simple easy and delicious.
Maple syrup hot dogs

The Cajun turkey wraps turned into Cajun turkey baguettes as unfortunately my tortilla wraps had bits of mould (oops). However, the turkey baguettes tasted delicious and was cheap and healthy quick mid week meal.
Cajun turkey baguettes

Here is the link to maple syrup hotdogs and cajun turkey wraps

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Mushroom and chickpea burger

I love burgers, I should really try to be varied with my diet, but I like to eat with what I am familiar with. With the recent horsemeat scandal, I thought I will make a vegetarian burger instead f my usual turkey, chicken or beef burger. This recipe is from BBC 30 Minute Suppers, an excellent book for busy people with busy live. I can't say how easy, tasty and nutritious this recipe and I think the most dedicated meat eater will be impressed with the flavoursome nature. Not only is this dish healthy, it is also cheap, my mushrooms cost around £1 and my chickpeas 30p, bargain!
Here is how my mushroom and chickpea burgers turned out:

Mushroom and chickpea burgers

I added a handful of chips and topped each burger with grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream (perhaps not so healthy then?!). I first started by slicing the mushrooms and gently frying the mushrooms for around 7 minutes.
Sliced mushrooms

Mushrooms cooking
Meanwhile, I placed the chickpeas in a bowl and crushed until they were almost smooth.
Chickpeas in bowl
Crushed chickpeas
Whilst the mushrooms were softened I added to the chickpea mixture and added seasoning, seasoning is the key. To get a flavoursome burger,  I suggest you use 1tbsp curry powder, 1tbsp black pepper, 1 tea spoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of turmeric.
I shaped into patties and fried for 6 minutes on each side. Here is the link for the mushroom and chickpea burger.

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